Part of Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s newly introduced business plan is to put a particular emphasis on the rapidly growing Jeep brand. The automaker is currently developing the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, due for arrival in 2017, and Marchionne dropped some knowledge on the new model after announcing FCA’s annual earnings yesterday.
Marchionne said the next-generation Wrangler will spawn both hybrid and diesel variants of the SUV, though both models are still some years out. The diesel Wrangler is expected before 2022, while the hybrid will arrive sometime after that. Both will be based on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited.
The hybrid Wrangler will be a “mild hybrid,” Car & Driver reports, meaning it won’t be able to travel under electric power alone. Less is known about the diesel variant, though logic would dictate it will be powered by the turbocharged 240 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine found under the hood of the Ram EcoDiesel.